LOADED ICEBERG WEDGE
Although iceberg lettuce is the least healthy lettuce, it’s on many restaurant menus as a wedge or loaded and when it is, I order it. Even Bryan Chief customers who were not fans of blue cheese gave it rave reviews recently when components were tossed together in a salad bowl. Considering the positive response, include it at your 4th of July picnic or potluck.
LOADED ICEBERG SALAD
• 1 head iceberg head lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
• Just enough blue cheese dressing to moisten lettuce (I used Marzetti Simply Dressed Dressing available in Chief’s produce department)
• Additional blue cheese crumbles to taste (available in deli and dairy departments)
• Cherry tomato halves to taste on wedge or in bowl salad (I used pint container)
• Generous amount of real bacon bits (a whole package in salad bowl salad) Do not use imitation kind!
Toss all ingredients together and serve immediately. Note: ingredients can be prepared ahead of time and mixed with dressing just before serving. Source: Adapted from salad wedge served at Jay’s in Dayton and loaded salad at Hugo’s in Naperville IL.
ROTISSERIE CHICKEN TO THE RESCUE AGAIN!
I’ve never been disappointed in an impossible pie recipe made with Bisquick so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m excited about Chicken Pot Pie Casserole. Instead of shredded cooked chicken breasts, I used Chief's Rotisserie BIG Chicken. O riginal recipe called for regular Bisquick but I used the Heart Smart kind. Instead of Wyler’s chicken bouillon cubes with MSG, I prefer Better than Bouillon without it. Ditto for Campbell’s Healthy Request soup cream of chicken soup instead of regular with MSG.
CHICKEN POT PIE CASSEROLE
• 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
• 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
• 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 3 cups, cut-up rotisserie chicken In 9x13-inch baking dish layer above in order given. Do not stir.
• 2 cups milk (whatever kind you use)
• 2 cups Heart Smart Bisquick Mix milk and baking mix together. Spoon evenly over chicken layer. Do not stir.
• 2 cups chicken broth
• 1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon
• 1 can Campbell’s Health R equest Cream of Chicken Soup
Whisk together broth, bouillon and soup. Pour over Bisquick layer. Do not stir. Bake casserole in preheated 350ºF oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until top is golden. R ecipe makes 12 servings. Leftovers can be frozen.
BITE INTO AN ORGANIC TOMATO
In a study published in a recent issue of the journal PLOS ONE, Brazilian researchers analyzed the nutritional content of tomatoes grown on organic farms vs. those grown using conventional farming methods. The organic tomatoes, though smaller in size than regular ones, had higher levels of vitamin C and yellow flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, Source: Consumer Reports on Health, June 2013.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
The traditional diets of Greece, Spain, Italy and other Mediterranean countries include lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans and grains, moderate amounts of fish and poultry, limited dairy (mostly yogurt and cheese) and little red meat and sweets. O live oil, as the main source of fat, and wine, especially red wine, are its most famous features. It has long been proposed that this diet is largely responsible for the lower cardiovascular mortality rate in Mediterranean countries compared to northern Europe or the U.S. Its whole-food components, on balance, are certainly more healthful than what the typical American eats. But you can’t go wrong by eating an ounce of nuts a day and a little more olive oil plus the diet’s other key elements, more fruits, vegetables, beans and fish in place of red meats and processed foods. Source: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, June 2013.
MORE ABOUT SPARTAN FOODS
At a recent dinner I attended, women present asked me why Chief changed to Spartan Foods and what I thought of the brand. Why Chief changed is a good question for you to ask your local Chief in person or by writing it on a form provided in the store.
As for Spartan products, you’ll have to decide that on a personal basis. For example, I have no problem with Spartan butter and cheese products although I wish they had reduced fat ones like Kraft and Sargento. But I continue to buy Arps milk over any other kind because it’s local and stays fresh longer, at least for me. When it comes to canned tomato products I still buy R ed Gold brand. The company is owned by a Purdue family and the quality is excellent. I also prefer Bush beans to any other kind and my coffee of choice continues to be Folgers Classic Roast, now available in K-cups for my Keurig. Keep in mind that I buy limited canned goods because fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are better for us, especially fresh ones.